Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 47, Issue 7, pp 2241–2247 | Cite as

Interferometric generation of high order vector beams using an adjustable cat-eye cavity laser

  • Zhehai Zhou
  • Zhaohui Hu
  • Lianqing Zhu


we present an interferometric generation method of high order vector beams by using a cat’s eye cavity laser and a Mach–Zehnder interferometric arrangement, and various vector beams can be flexibly generated by adjusting the cat’s eye reflector and the optical wedges in the Mach–Zehnder interferometer. The basic theory of the generation method is introduced first, and then two kinds of high order vector beams based on the method are generated, whose intensity and polarization distributions of generated beams are further measured. The measured results verify the flexibility and efficiency of the proposed method, which may demonstrate unique advantages in some optical systems where different kinds of vector beams are required to use but no need to change the laser source.


Polarization Vector beams Interferometric superposition Cat-eye cavity laser 



The work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China under the Grants Nos. 60908015 and 61108047, Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University under the Grants No. NCET-13-0667, and Beijing Youth Top-notch Talent Support Program No. CIT&TCD201404113.


  1. Bomzon, Z., Kleiner, V., Hasman, E.: Formation of radially and azimuthally polarized light using space-variant subwavelength metal stripe gratings. Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 1587–1589 (2001)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Chen, H., Hao, J., Zhang, B., Xu, J., Ding, J., Wang, H.: Generation of vector beam with space-variant distribution of both polarization and phase. Opt. Lett. 36, 3179–3181 (2011)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Grosjean, T., Courjon, D., Spajer, M.: An all-fiber device for generating radially and other polarized light beams. Opt. Commun. 203, 1–5 (2002)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Kozawa, Y., Sato, S.: Generation of a radially polarized laser beam by use of a conical Brewster prism. Opt. Lett. 15, 3063–3065 (2005)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Liu, S., Li, P., Peng, T., Zhao, J.: Generation of arbitrary spatially variant polarization beams with a trapezoid Sagnac interferometer. Opt. Express 20, 21715–21721 (2012)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Maurer, C., Jesacher, A., Fürhapter, S., Bernet, S., Ristch-Marte, M.: Tailoring of arbitrary optical vector beams. New J. Phys. 9, 78 (2007). doi: 10.1088/1367-2630/9/3/078
  7. Moshe, I., Jackel, S., Meir, A.: Production of radially or azimuthally polarized beams in solid-state lasers and the elimination of thermally induced birefringence effects. Opt. Lett. 28, 807–809 (2003)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Niziev, V.G., Chang, R.S., Nesterov, A.V.: Generation of inhomogeneously polarized laser beams by use of a Sagnac interferometer. Appl. Opt. 45, 8393–8399 (2006)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Wang, X., Ding, J., Ni, W., Guo, C., Wang, H.: Generation of arbitrary vector beams with a spatial light modulator and a common path interferometric arrangement. Opt. Lett. 32, 3549–3551 (2007)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Xiao, B., Hu, Z., Zhou, Z., Zhang, S., Yang, J., Wang, X., Zhu, L.: Generation of axially symmetric linearly-polarized vector beams from cat-eye cavity laser beams. Laser Optoelectron. Prog. 49, 111402 (2012)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Xiao, B., Hu, Z., Zhou, Z., Zhang, S., Yang, J., Wang, X., Zhu, L.: Generation of cylindrical vector beams with a cat-eye cavity laserand a Mach-Zehnder interferometric arrangement. In: Proceedings of the SPIE 8759, Eighth International Symposium on Precision Engineering Measurement and Instrumentation, vol. 8759, 8 pp (2013)Google Scholar
  12. Xu, Z., Zhang, S., Du, W., Liang, D., Li, Y.: Control of transverse mode pattern in a helium-neon laser using the cat’s eye cavity. Opt. Commun. 261, 118–123 (2006)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Zhan, Q.: Cylindrical vector beams: from mathematical concepts to applications. Adv. Opt. Photon. 1, 1–57 (2009). and references thereinCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Zhou, Z., Tan, Q., Li, Q., Jin, G.: Achromatic generation of radially polarized beams in visible range using segmented subwavelength metal wire gratings. Opt. Lett. 34, 3361–3363 (2009)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Beijing Key Laboratory for Optoelectronic Measurement TechnologyBeijing Information Science and Technology UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Science and Technology on Inertial Laboratory, School of Instrumentation Science and Optoelectronic EngineeringBeihang UniversityBeijingChina

Personalised recommendations